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Calhoun County school employees undergo special training

Battle Creek Police Department
Battle Creek Police Department

CALHOUN COUNTY (WKZO) -- About a thousand Calhoun County school and Head Start employees have now received training on what to do if an armed intruder enters their school.

They learned how to improvise defenses, create barriers and help keep themselves and their students protected.

They learned there are times to stay put, times to run and times to hide. Knowing the difference could make all the difference.

The four-hour training sessions, provided by the Battle Creek Police Department's School Safety Task Force, were made possible with funding from a U.S. Department of Homeland Security grant.

The local program is one of the first in Michigan.

Chances of an armed assault on a school near you may be remote, but if it does, they will be better prepared.